Shane Golobic made it look like child’s play in Thursday night’s Heat No. 4 of the Chili Bowl Nationals. The driver of the NOS Energy Drink ride started the heat from sixth-place, but with five laps to go he pounced past Zach Blurton for the race lead.
Golobic did not look back as he cruised to the win, and in doing so secured the second-highest passing points total of the night so far.
For Golobic, he was just trying to pace himself, as he knew he was the class of the Heat 4 field.
“Got a good start. Was able to get to second there pretty quick,” Golobic stated. “Took my time, no need to rush. Felt like our car was much better than anybody else out there. Worked out good. Hopefully, we’ll be in a good spot for qualifying.”
Brody Fuson finished second in the heat, while Blurton came home third, Shane Cottle was fourth and Travis Buckley rounded out the top-five.
Golobic scored 125 passing points for his effort, which is just behind Tanner Thorson’s 128 points from Heat 2.
The 30-year old from California has his eyes on the top prize.
“A couple more steps to go, we’ll be all good,” Golobic said confidently.
Golobic made his NASCAR Cup Series debut in 2021 driving for Live Fast Motorsports in the No. 78 Ford Mustang at the Dirt Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
After a crash on lap 39, Golobic recorded a 37th-place finish in his NASCAR Cup Series debut.